Pony club raises money for hospital

THE Neangar Park Pony Club galloped its way to raising more than $1400 for the Royal Children's Hospital at its annual fundraiser on Sunday.

Canteen manager Andrea Rankin, who helped organise the event, said she was blown away by the generosity of the Eaglehawk community.

Ms Rankin said her grandson, Max Mill, underwent open heart surgery at the hospital in November last year, when he was just 11 days old.

"We are just so thrilled that so much money was made to donate to the hospital on behalf of Max," she said.

"I just couldn't stop smiling yesterday."

Ms Rankin said the hospital was "absolutely fantastic".

"We are so privileged to have such an incredible hospital in Victoria," she said.

"They were absolutely fantastic - you just couldn't fault anybody there.

"They saved his life and now he's one happy, beautiful little boy."

Ms Rankin said the fundraiser involved a rally day, with riders breaking into four groups to be taken through their paces.

She said children dressed in purple and green for the occasion and some even spray painted their ponies.

Ms Rankin said the hospital held a special place in people's hearts.

"You only have to mention the Royal Children's Hospital and people are happy to help in any way they can," she said.

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